Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Three Academic Top Five winners and the Outstanding Academic Team came from the track/cross country program.
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
The Golden Gophers will look to increase their scoring total from last year.
Career Highlights:2010 NCAA Preliminary competitor in the 1,500m and finished with a personal best time of 4:28.62.
2013 Season - Indoor: Competed in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships posted her season-best 800m time of 2:15.18 at the Meyo Invitational best mile time of 4:57.63 came at the Iowa State Classic ran the 3,000m at the Bison Classic (10:20.58) led off a distance medley relay team at the Meyo Invitational. Outdoor: Finished eighth in the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 4:43.89 at the Meet of the Unsaintly Academic All-Big Ten with a 4.0 GPA.
2012 Season - Indoor: Led off the distance medley relay at the Big Ten Championships also competed in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships, running 2:12.13 in the preliminary round ran the mile in 4:59.70 to place eighth at the Jack Johnson Classic took fourth in the 1,000m at the Meyo Invitational (2:51.57) won the 1,200m (3:38.83) at the Northwest Open. Outdoor: Ran a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:27.82 in prelims at the Big Ten Championships that time was the fastest by a Gopher this season finished 11th in the finals won the 800m at the Aztec Invitational (2:11.75) fourth in the 800m at the Bulldog Invitational also ran the 1,500m at the Arkansas Invitational (seventh) and Aztec Invitational (11th) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season Outdoor:competed at the Mt. SAC Open in the 1,500 meters and finished with a time of 4:31.53 ran to a fourth place finish (4:39.19) at the Bulls invitational.
2010 Season - Indoor:Competed in four meets placed eighth in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 2:10.80 ran the mile in 5:02.75 at the Jack Johnson Classic.Outdoor:NCAA Preliminary competitor in the 1,500 meters ran a time of 4:33.61 in the NCAA First Round clocked a season-best time of 4:28.62 in Big Ten prelim placed second in the event in the Musco Twilight competed in seven meets top time in 800 meters was 2:11.51 at Tommie Twilight meet ran on school-record sprint medley relay (3:54.99) at the Drake Relays Academic All-Big Ten honoree varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season:Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School:A 2008 graduate of Mukwonago High School high school coaches were Mike Furlong and Craig Huelsman three-time all-state performer on the track ran the anchor leg for the 2008 Wisconsin Division 1 champion 4x800-meter relay placed third in 800 meters at state in 2007 with a school-record time of 2:14.25 finished eighth as a senior three-time Classic 8 Conference champion in the 800 meters all-conference selection in cross country as a junior and senior lettered four times in track, twice in both cross country and tennis a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal:Born March 5, 1990 majoring in Biology, Society & Environment and Genetics Cell Biology & Development daughter of Wolfgang and Carolyn Ritter has an older sister, Megan, and a younger brother, Steven enjoys baking and playing the piano.
|800m, Indoor||2:10.80||Big Ten (2/28/10)|
|800m, Outdoor||2:11.51||Tommie Twilight (5/5/10)|
|1,500m, Outdoor||4:27.82||Big Ten (5/12/12)|
|Mile, Indoor||4:55.12||ISU Classic (2/10/12)|
Gophers Welcome Two New Staff Members
Director of operations Lyndsey Thorpe and athletic trainer Sarah Wambheim have joined the Gopher Athletics staff.
Spotakova Earns Olympic Bronze in Javelin
Gophers All-American Barbora Spotakova threw 64.80m in to place third in the javelin at the Rio Olympic Games.
Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair
Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.